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Rhapsody 5

Literally Translated, with Explanatory Notes, by Theodore Alois Buckley

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The exploits of Diomedes, who, irritated by a wound from Pandarus, fights with unremitted fury, and even wounds Venus and Mars, who were aiding the Trojans.


Then, moreover, Pallas Minerva gave strength and daring to Diomede, the son of Tydeus, that he might become conspicuous amongst all the Argives, and might bear off for himself excellent renown. And she kindled from his helmet and his shield an unwearied fire, like unto the summer[194] star, which shines[195] very brightly, having been bathed in the ocean. Such a fire she kindled from his head and shoulders, and she urged him into the midst, where the greatest numbers were in commotion.

[Footnote 194: I. e. the dog star, Sirius, whose rising marked the beginning of the [Greek: opora], or season extending from the middle of July to the middle of September. It is said to be most brilliant at its time of rising. Cf. Apoll. iii. 956: [Greek: Os de toi kalos men arizelos t' esidesthai Antellei].]

[Footnote 195: This use of the subjunctive mood is called the [Greek: schema Iukeion] by Lesbonax, p. 179, ed. Valck.]

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